A couple of weeks ago, we did not celebrate the the World Day Against Death Penalty. Although, we did make the world aware about the existence of this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. This ultimate mental and physical method of torture is irrevocable and we need to talk more about the aftermath of an execution. We fight the death penalty all the time in front of executions, taking action against countries that still uses death penalty and we hail stopped executions or cry out our devastation over one carried out. But, maybe, it is time for an effort to put the responsible for killing its citizens through “legal” executions at the stand.
Many human beings wonder why someone can oppose the death penalty no matter what. “If someone kills your wife, girl-friend, father, mother, sister, brother etc., do you not want to see the killer dead?”. I suppose I will and maybe I lose my mind and kill the murderer or the one I think is the murderer. Even so, I sure know that I do not want my state to do it.
The state can put people to death, just to silence their voice of human rights and democracy. Many states kill people for very petty crimes: theft or no crime at all: for being homosexual or for the need of punish someone for a crime. It is the above that is giving light to the torch of argument against the death penalty and that is the background to my thoughts on holding states accountable for killing its citizens through the death penalty.
Last month, the justice system got knocked to the floor, when the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis, despite questions about him being guilty or not. Several witnesses changed their stories and did not point Troy out. I believe that this was merely “the need of punish someone for a crime”-principle (he had a dark skin) and it is extremely sad that a country that is said to be standing in the front row regarding justice, turned from “and justice for all” to “and no justice for all”.
In China, people get murdered by the state for not just having killed someone. There are about 50 crimes that can give you a one way ticket out of life and it has been used against many dissidents.
In other parts of the world it is dangerous to be an all to open minded women, because it can provide you with a death penalty that will give you an extraordinary pain ahead of your death: stoning. Women have been stoned for being a victim of rape.
We have a lot of control mechanisms where you can turn to if your government have treated you bad. You can write to a control mechanism and tell them what kind of things that the government is doing to you and maybe you can bring them to court. Various organizations can help you with your case and maybe you will get a reparation. But those control mechanisms are for living human beings, but what if the human beings is dead through an execution?
If, as in the cases described above, a state has violated a human beings universal rights, there must be a way to hold the states accountable even if the victim is dead through an execution and is protecting its sovereignty. Of course, we cannot bring the executed back to life, but we can sure try to not let states commit more of the above horrendous crimes.
Therefore I would like to suggest that we give the world a new instance on this matter:
The International Killers of its Citizens Court (IKCC).
This court will have the authority that goes above the state’s sovereignty. Any human being, organizations and states will have the right to bring cases to this court regarding state’s killing its citizens through executions. The staff at this instance will contain of human rights advocates from different kind of backgrounds and ages. They will all serve on every level of this instance, from collecting information, through investigation, to being a judge.
There will be a council of organizations working with every topic imaginable regarding human rights connected to the instance , that will give advice on questions surrounding the cases.
If a state is found guilty of killing one or more of its citizen through a unjust execution (they all are!?), they must pay reparation to the victim’s family and a fine to a fund that is supporting the work on ending the death penalty all over the world.
This is something that many would call a task for the coming Utopia and that it will never happen. Of course, this is something that maybe never be achieved, but we must still have the belief in a retaliation for states that is killing its citizens on the wrong terms. Otherwise, the justice for all is lost forever.